Written by: Gracie Magguilli
So the 2022 VMAs were this past weekend and let’s just say we are shook! Every fandom had its moment and we are here to break down all the highs and lows of this unforgettable event! 🥳
Jack Harlow kicks things off in “First Class”
Opening the show was Jack Harlow, in an airplane surrounded by celebs like Lil Nas X, Becky G, Avril Lavigne, and Jimmy Fallon. While that's not entirely out of the ordinary for the opening of the VMAs, our jaws hit the floor when Harlow made his way to the main stage and brought out Fergie. Why Fergie? Her song "Glamorous" is sampled on Harlow’s song, “First Class". Fergie, in a sparkly mini skirt and matching top with “First Class” written in glitter, matched Harlow's glitter ensemble. They certainly know how to work a crowd and do it in style! Taking home 4 VMAs ahead of his second album release, Come Home The Kids Miss You, in April we can expect nothing but great things from Jack Harlow in the coming months. 🌟
Doctor. Taylor. Alison. Swift.
Of course, we have to talk about Taylor’s iconic moment at the show on Sunday. It seems like every Swiftie knows of Talyor’s infamous speech at the VMAs in 2009. During her acceptance speech, Taylor was interrupted by Kanye West and it started a feud that fans speculate inspired her album, reputation.
13 years after this mishap, she proved that she is still the queen of the VMAs and brought home 3 more awards for her video, All Too Well: The Short Film including Best Direction, Best Long-Form Video, and Video of the Year. This brought her to a total of 14 VMAs, plus she broke the record for winning the most Video of the Year awards. She had previously won for “Bad Blood” and “You Need to Calm Down” Oh, did we forget?! During her acceptance speech, she casually announced that her NEW ALBUM will be dropping on October 21st entitled Midnights! It's safe to say that Swifties won’t be hunting for easter eggs this week, as Dr. Swift came prepared!!! 🤩
BTS Wins Group of the Year
Up for 5 awards last night and snagging the win for Group of the Year, the BTS ARMY will be happy to see BTS finally getting the hype they deserve! ARMY will be sad to hear that none of the members of BTS were at the show last night due to the fact they are all back home working on solo projects. Even so, ARMY should be hype as to what this means for the group's future! 💜
Nicki Minaj wins VMA Video Vanguard Award
The Barbz had their time to shine last night when Nicki Minaj made her triumphant return to the stage to accept the Vanguard Award. She thanked all those who inspired her including Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Lil Wayne, Foxy Brown, and Slick Rick.
She delivered a show-stopping medley of her hits like “Moment 4 Life,” “Super Bass,” “Anaconda,” and her new hit, “Super Freaky Girl.” It wasn’t all glam though, she took a moment to acknowledge those who came before her by saying, “I wrote this down, I don’t know why y’all but this is what this was in my spirit to say, I wish that Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson were here.” Nicki slayed throughout the night between accepting multiple awards, performing, and co-hosting. Becky G said it best, “It's her night.” 💅
The VMAs went to Harry's House
We can’t do a recap of anything pop culture related without bringing up Harry Styles! Winning three VMAs last night including Album of the Year for Harry’s House, Mr. Styles is getting mighty comfy with the big screen and delivered his acceptance via video. Harry was performing at Madison Square Garden in another sold-out Love On Tour (which will last forever). Nevertheless, Harry is still iconic and if you aren’t seeing him live, his new movie Don’t Worry Darling is coming to theaters at the end of September. 🏠
Other Iconic Moments
There were a lot of other winners at the show last night including, Dove Cameron, Kane Brown, BLACKPINK, and Bad Bunny. Dove Cameron and BLACKPINK both took home their first VMA for Best New Artist and Best Metaverse Performance. These iconic women have a steadily growing fanbase that shows no signs of slowing down! Bad Bunny performed “Tití M Preguntó” and made history by being the first Latin performer to win Artist of the Year! If you’re like us and Sunday's performance just wasn't enough for you, he also made his big screen debut in the new movie Bullet Train that's in theaters now. Another historic moment was Kane Brown being the first male country artist to perform on the show since it first aired in 1984. Performing his hit song “Grand” live on Sunday we can’t think of a better way to describe his energy on stage! ✨
The 2022 VMAs did not disappoint and if we were to break down every show-stopping moment… we’d be here till next year's show. In case you missed the show, can see the full list of winners here. It was another iconic night for all of our favs and we can’t wait to see what’s next for these artists! 🥰